Lantern-at-Home Kit


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Experience Obon in the comfort of your own home with our Lantern-at-Home Kit!

Obon is one of the most important Japanese holidays and is a time of year when families welcome the spirits of ancestors into their homes for a brief visit among their living descendants.

On the last day of the three-day observance, families gather to light the way back to the otherworld for departing ancestors with floating lanterns called toro nagashi. The ancestors are believed to depart for the otherworld guided by the illuminated lanterns.

Decorate, build and float your lantern in your pool, lake, bathtub (get creative!) and share with us on Instagram using the hashtag #lanternathome and tagging us @morikamimuseum to unite the community’s at-home celebrations and for a chance to win tickets to Lantern Festival 2021!*

*Deadline to submit photos is Monday, October 12, 2020. Ten lucky winners will be announced on Monday, October 19, 2020.

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